Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Happily Ever After...

I apologize for being absent over the past couple of days – it has been a fun-filled jam packed couple of weeks building up to the activities of the past few days. I had full intentions of writing and posting my weekend blogs, but, alas I got caught up in all the activity.

It was a wonderful weekend filled with the gathering of family and friends to celebrate the marriage of my niece and her fiancé. There were many pre-wedding activities, and some last minute additions throughout the weekend which were added as family gathered excitedly for the big event.

To get into the festive spirit the kids and teens planned outings to the movies and roller rink. There were family gatherings at one of the local lakes for walks and feeding the ducks. Then plans were made for last minute shopping trips and errand running for picking up the flowers, food, and wedding favors.

We were all nervously watching the over saturated skies that had been leaking their liquid sunshine all week. My niece smiled and said not to worry, everything was going to be fine for her beautiful outdoor wedding. The weatherman was not as quick to agree so a Plan B was quickly put into place. “Not to worry” my niece kept saying.

Anxious moments were spent agonizing over what to do when “Aunt Tilly” and “Uncle Max” and their ten kids all show up for the wedding…none of them RSVP’d. Or as estranged family members were reunited who don’t get along anymore. “Not to worry.”

After peeking at the fish in the lake, the little girls twirled about in their pretty new dresses and practiced dropping rose petals for their flower girl duties. Groomsmen and bridesmaids linked arms and strolled through the garden paths. Sound systems were tested for the garden ceremony and the reception. The menu was checked and double checked. Smiles were worn by young and old, short and tall as they practiced the wedding march through the scenic gardens…and a few tentative teasing drops of rehearsal rain.

With giddy optimism the anticipated day arrived…without a cloud in the sky. After a solid week of rain, the sun chose the perfect moment to shine beautifully on a lovely garden wedding. There were plenty of seats and food at the reception. Everyone got along swimmingly. No one tripped, no one forgot their vows, and no one forgot their toasts. It was a picture perfect day. And…speaking of pictures, here’s one of the beautiful bride and her handsome groom.

What does all this have to do with a fantasy blog? Well, sometimes life imitates art. As I learned from my niece and Cinderella, “Not to worry; a dream is a wish your heart makes”… Sounds like a fairy tale to me. Oh, if you were wondering about my niece and new nephew, it goes without saying, they are on their way to their own “happily ever after” tale. Just a thought…

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Anonymous said...

Wonderful post with such a nice fairy tale perfect feel to it. Glad the wish and dream came true. :)

The Old Silly from Free Spirit Blog

Helen Ginger said...

What beautiful pictures! Love the one on the steps. And what a great attitude the bride had.

You're right about the fantasy part. And it sounds like this fantasy came true.

Straight From Hel

Karen Walker said...

Nancy, what a lovely post. Can't believe you even thought about posting while involved in such a wonderful family experience. The photos are great.

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Marvin! Thank you so much - they really did have an absolutely perfect day!

Hi Helen! Thank you, the photography is courtesy of one of my other nieces - didn't she do a wonderful job?! These two have seemed perfect for each other right from the start - they are adorable together!

Hi Karen! I thought things would get tight time wise so I was planning on pre-posting but as family kept arriveing...so did the pre-wedding activities and I just couldn't say no! lol

Thank so much for stopping by!

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

Patricia Stoltey said...

I love this post. Sometimes it's nice to pull away from the business of writing and let readers into our lives. A wedding is the perfect choice. Nice job, and nice photos.


N A Sharpe said...

Hi Patricia!

I know y'all are very good at the personal posts...I guess I consider myself a very private person...then of course there's the fact that I typically lead a pretty quiet life, nothing much to blog about, I have considered just making something up...lol.

I'm still grinning from this beautiful day. I am so happy everything went so smoothly for her and she got her outdoors wedding - she is such a sweet girl.

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

Galen Kindley said...

You may recall in one of my earlier blogs, I wrote about, “not making it a problem before it’s a problem.” The, “not to worry” phrase put me in mind of that.
Well, we had daughters and fiancés in for the weekend, too. As it turns out, they left this morning, and, so far as I can tell, everyone’s still…sorta, friends. Now that’s a fairy tale ending!

Best Regards, Galen.

N A Sharpe said...

Hi Galen, thanks for stopping by! I know what you mean, sometimes things can get...intense. I was REALLY pleased with the day. From what I saw everyone seemed to get along (which is always a good thing), the weather (rained every day for a week before the wedding, and for the two days afterwards) Everything just seemed to fall into place.

That was definitely something out of a fairy tale..

Nancy, from Just a Thought…

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